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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 4, 2017

Federal Judge Sentences Charlotte Man To Prison On Robbery Charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Demario Bernard Austin, 29, of Charlotte, was sentenced yesterday to 103 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbing a convenience store and a bank, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

According to court documents and information presented during the sentencing hearing, on March 25, 2016, Austin robbed the Kangaroo Express convenience store, located at 8008 Harris Boulevard in Charlotte. Austin entered the convenience store wearing a bandana over his face and brandishing what appeared to be a firearm. Austin pointed the firearm at the cashier and demanded money from the register. The cashier handed Austin approximately $100 in Kangaroo Express cash and Austin fled in his vehicle.

On April 17, 2017, court records show that Austin, armed with what appeared to be the same firearm, entered the BB&T bank branch located at 6609 Marshville Boulevard in Marshville, pointed the handgun at one bank teller and demanded money. While the teller was putting the cash in Austin’s bag, Austin threatened to shoot the teller. Then, Austin turned to a second bank teller, pointed the firearm at her, and demanded more money. Austin fled the bank with approximately $3,273 in cash. Court records indicate that law enforcement arrested Austin a short time later. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Austin’s firearm was an Airsoft BB gun.

Austin pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of bank robbery. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose thanked the FBI, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the Marshville Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office for investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Arrowood, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, is in prosecuted the case.

 

Updated August 4, 2017